For most of my adult life, I’ve called a major city home. I thrived on the crammed, multi-laned arteries winding into the city center, thrilled at the packed sidewalks and stores, immersed myself in the fighting throngs at the malls during the holidays…
this is where I now call home. 2 and a half years ago I moved into the North Georgia mountains to Dahlonega, Georgia – and never looked back.
At first, I was seriously afraid that I wouldn’t be able to adjust to the relaxed pace and the complete lack of traffic. In the beginning, that was entirely true. There just isn’t a lot happening in a day-to-day kind of way.
|North Town Square|
But Dahlonega – and the North Georgia Mountains – are anything but backwoods. Dahlonega is a tourist town. There are local artists, antique stores, 15 restaurants within walking distance of the old court house (which houses the Gold Museum…)
Yes, you read right… Gold.
Dahlonega and the neighboring Auraria were the sites
of the first major gold rush in the United States…
years before that little thing out west.
As well as a host of quirky inns and B&B’s, 4 recognized arts festivals, and no less than 6 stellar vineyards. There’s a lot going on.. it’s just calmer than the city.
Although it’s been here for years, I’ve never stopped in at Connie’s before. But with me becoming Jane’s designated driver (at least for the time being) I usually find myself stuck in town at lunchtime, so I’ve been making my rounds of the available eateries. Like the sign says – it’s Sandwiches and Ice Cream. I hear they make a killer chicken salad.
But what got my motor kicking today was this:
|The Pimento Cheese Burger|
Pimento Cheese… It’s a Southern Thing.
- Seed and cut the peppers in half
- With the sauce pan on high, add the peppers, lemon juice, vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil
- Boil on high for 10 minutes then set off the heat and allow to cool
- The peppers should be limp and floppy but not mush
- Dice into 1/4″ pieces
- Add the cheese, mayo, sour cream, Worcestershire and Tabasco to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine
- Continue stirring everything together until the mix begins to look like large curd cottage cheese (About 5 minutes)
- Add the diced pimento and fold in to incorporate
- Pack into a container and allow to chill for a minimum of 8 hours to allow the flavors to merge.
- Serve with Crackers, Crostini, or schmear 1/2 a cup between 2 slices of white bread and eat em’up.
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine
- Pack into containers and thoroughly chill before serving